Oude Kerk, Amsterdam The origins of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) date from early 13th century, when a wooden church was built on a sandy burial ground. The present Gothic structure is 14th-century and it has grown from a single-aisled church into a basilica. The Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam, is now a centre of cultural activities. The beautiful light through the high windows, the medieval church furnishing, gravestones and the magnificent painted wooden vaults, create a unique atmosphere of the buildings' unique history. Opening times are on Monday to Saturday from 11 am untill 5 pm; Sundays from 1 pm until 5 pm. The church is closed on December 25 and January 1.Besides cultural events, exhibitions and concerts dinner parties, receptions, presentations and meetings, the monument is open to visitors.